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Gazette Archive 2/11/02

A Book Review by Mike Reese

Title: Veneering Handbook

Ian Hosker

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.

387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 1-86108-230-4
Price Softcover: $14.95
144 color pages

Being a total novice at veneering, I found this book an excellent choice for the beginner. It appears that those with more experience would also gain some insight into some of the finer points of the art.

The book is arranged in the following nine chapters:

  • 1) Materials
  • 2) Tools and Equipment
  • 3) Preparing Veneers
  • 4) Laying Veneers
  • 5) Cross-Banding
  • 6) Book-Matching and Quartering
  • 7) Inlaying
  • 8) Parquetry
  • 9) Finishing

Each chapter is well written with clear step by step narrative, lots of excellent color photographs and plenty of nicely drawn detail sketches. Every step of the process seems to be quite clearly described so that anyone can successfully complete a veneering project. I know I look forward to my first attempt, which has been made a lot easier with "Veneering Handbook"

Mike Reese

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You! And you can usually find their titles at a discount from Barnes And Noble

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